Kenny Phillips, Keith Bulluck to play

Updated: August 19, 2010, 10:59 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin might be running out of quarterbacks, but he'll have two key defensive players back on the field on Saturday for the first time this preseason.

Safety Kenny Phillips and linebacker Keith Bulluck will play against the Steelers on Saturday. Coughlin said both players -- projected as starters this season -- will play "a little bit."

This will be Phillips' first game since Week 2 against the Cowboys last season. Phillips underwent microfracture surgery in September and there was concern about a degenerative condition in his knee. The Giants signed free-agent safeties Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant while drafting safety Chad Jones in the offseason.

Phillips, though, has steadily progressed throughout the offseason with his rehab. He has taken a limited amount of reps with the second-team defense and has been moving well. The Giants likely will only play Phillips a short amount of time to play it safe.

"Normal progress and the fact that he was out there working and hadn't suffered any setbacks and the leg was stronger, he wanted to keep doing more," Coughlin said. "And the doctors agreed."

Bulluck is just over seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL. He has not played since last December. The veteran linebacker, who signed with the Giants as a free agent to help replace former middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, is eager to get back on the field. He has been working mostly with the second team at middle linebacker behind Jonathan Goff.

While the Giants defense is getting healthier, the offense can use some help. Coughlin watched the Jets injure his top two quarterbacks in a preseason game on Monday.

Eli Manning suffered a 3-inch gash on his forehead that required 12 stitches after a hit by Jets linebacker Calvin Pace and is out against the Steelers.

Backup Jim Sorgi suffered a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder after he was drilled by the Jets' Lance Laury and is out for two to three weeks. Coughlin did confirm that Sorgi's injury is not related to the partially torn labrum the backup has dealt with in the past.

Third-string quarterback Rhett Bomar will take the majority of the snaps. The Giants signed rookie free agent Dominic Randolph, who may see limited time on Saturday.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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